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October 1, 2018

BMW's Newest iDrive Infotainment System Ditches Circular Gauges; Offers OTA Updates

BMW is set to introduce the next-generation of iDrive infotainment software starting with the all-new BMW X5, 8 Series, Z4, and 3 Series which will celebrate their debut at the Paris International Motor Show in a few weeks.

The BMW Operating System 7.0 is fully customizable, personalized, and is fully digital. Work has been done to improve areas such as voice recognition and gesture control. And for the first time, drivers and passengers will be joined by the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant that responds to the prompt, “Hey BMW.”

The interface combines 2D and 3D graphics with animation. New to this update is that the information display no longer replicates analog circular gauges. These have been replaced by arced design elements that open towards the center.

The new design opens up space in the center of the Info Display for navigation content, with an orientation map showing the vehicle’s current position and relevant situational information for the rest of the journey. Information on driver assistance systems is grouped together within the left-hand speedometer arc. In Comfort and Sport driving modes, the right-hand arc shows the engine speed; in ECO Pro mode, current fuel consumption and average speed are displayed instead. Additional entertainment content can also be integrated into the right-hand arc.

The design and graphic presentation of the entire display cluster, comprising Info and Control Display, as well as Rear-Seat Entertainment screens, is synchronized for a consistent look across all displays. For example, if the driving mode is changed from ECO Pro to Sport, the accent color is switched from blue to red on all displays.

Content at the highest menu level of the Control Display can be freely configured. Up to ten pages in the main menu can be individually configured. Page layouts with two, three, or four pads (tiles) can be selected, with the content of the pads displayed in real time. The customer can choose between communications, media/radio, clock, navigation, sports displays, route preview, traffic, position or driving information as content for the pads.

In the BMW Operating System 7.0, content and displays are adapted to the context and can be personalized by the customer. For example, users can choose from 20 images for their personal profile. When the driver unlocks the car, he or she is greeted by name and with a 3D graphic representation of their vehicle, showing the exact model with its equipment package and base color. This personalized vehicle view also appears in the “My car” menu. The welcome scenario includes suggested content in the Control Display, such as recent callers, calendar entries, task reminders or routes to destinations sent to the car via BMW Connected. These options are immediately available for selection by the driver.

With clearly presented content adapted according to context, and seamless integration of new functions and services, the driver enjoys optimal support at all times. The new Remote Software Upgrade function also allows customers to conveniently perform over-the-air (OTA) upgrades to ensure their vehicle is always up-to-date. In future they will also be able to download additional vehicle functions and services at a later date.

With the new BMW Cockpit, the brand is creating an even more personal, intelligent and consistent overall experience for its customers.

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